Leith Mullings

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Leith Mullings
Alma materQueens College, Cornell University, University of Chicago
Scientific career
InstitutionsCUNY Graduate Center

Leith Mullings is an author, anthropologist and professor. She was president of the American Anthropological Association[1] from 2011–2013, and is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.[2] Mullings has been involved in organizing for progressive social justice, racial equality and economic justice as one of the founding members of the Black Radical Congress[3] and in her role as President of the AAA.[4] Under her leadership, the American Anthropological Association took up the issue of academic labor rights.[5]

Her research and writing have focused on structures of inequality and resistance to them. Her research began in Africa and she has written about traditional medicine and religion in postcolonial Ghana, as well as about women’s roles in Africa. In the U.S. her work has centered on urban communities. She was recognized for this work by the Society for the Anthropology of North America, which awarded her the Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America in 1997.[6] Mullings is currently working on an ethnohistory of the African Burial Ground in New York City.


  • 2009 Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An Anthology of African American Social and Political Thought from Slavery to the Present, Second Edition, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield (co-edited with Manning Marable).
  • 2002 Freedom: A Photographic History of the African American Struggle, London: Phaidon Press. Awarded a Krazna-Krausz Foundation Book Prize (with Manning Marable).
  • 2001 Stress and Resilience: The Social Context of Reproduction in Central Harlem, New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers (with Alaka Wali).
  • 1997 On Our Own Terms: Race, Class and Gender in the Lives of African American Women, New York: Routledge.
  • 1987 Cities of the United States: Studies in Urban Anthropology, editor, New York: Columbia University Press.
  • 1984 Therapy, Ideology and Social Change: Mental Healing in Urban Ghana, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.


  1. ^ "From the President". American Anthropological Association. Archived from the original on 2008-02-28.
  2. ^ "CUNY Graduate Center Faculty Listing". Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  3. ^ BRC. "Social Justice Movement Wiki". Columbia University. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  4. ^ "AAA President Reflects on Race". Savage Minds.
  5. ^ "Report on AAA adjunct rights resolution". Savage Minds.
  6. ^ "Society for the Anthropology of North America Distinguished Achievement Prize". Archived from the original on 2013-11-27. Retrieved 2014-01-01.

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